Safer Internet Day & Children's Mental Health Week

As you are probably aware from coverage in the press, Tuesday was Internet Safety Day. This was observed throughout the world as a means of celebrating the advantages of the internet alongside its dangers and potential risks to children. The theme for this year was 'All fun and games? Exploring Respect and Relationships on line.' 

As part of my assembly, we watched a video on the theme of gaming and online communication and how to respond and interact appropriately. The link for this is as follows: 

https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/virtual-assemblies

This website also has a very good section for parents with advice, guides and resources for keeping children safe on line: 

https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers

We are currently updating our Online Safety Policy and will publish it on our school website shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about internet safety, there are a few people across both schools who you can get in touch with. You can obviously talk to your child's teacher but, more specifically, our Online Safety Lead alongside our Computing Lead. Both of them can offer help and advice and can signpost you to support if you need it. 

We have also included activities relating to Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme of the week is ‘Growing Together’ which focuses on growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Mrs Gibson launched the initiative with an assembly earlier in the week.

If you would like to take part in some of the Mental Health activities at home, the following website is very good and has many free resources for families:

Parents and Carers - Children's Mental Health Week (childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk)